Affiliated Faculty

  • Associate Professor of Archaeology and the Ancient World and Egyptology and Assyriology, Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture

    Laurel Bestock's research focuses on the material culture of the Nile Valley. She is particularly interested in kingship, monumentality, the contexts and audiences for art and architecture, and cultural interactions.

  • John Bodel

    W. Duncan MacMillan II Professor of Classics, Professor of History

    John Bodel studies ancient Roman social, economic, and cultural history and Latin literature, especially of the empire. Much of his research involves inscriptions, and he has special interests in Roman religion, slavery, funerals and burial customs, ancient writing systems, the editing of Latin epigraphic and literary texts, and Latin prose authors. Since 1995, he has directed the U.S.

  • Lecturer, Classics

  • John Cherry

    Joukowsky Family Professor of Archaeology, Professor of Classics, Professor of Anthropology

    After a brief stint in the late 1970s in the Dept.

  • Associate Professor of History, Associate Professor of Classics

    Jonathan P. Conant's research focuses on the inter-regional integration of the Mediterranean and the transition from antiquity to the middle ages.

  • Harold Cook

    John F. Nickoll Professor of History

    Hal Cook comes from the American Midwest, although he is now a British as well as US citizen, having devoted almost a decade to his work as Professor of the History of Medicine and Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL.

  • Mary Louise Gill

    David Benedict Professor of Classics and Philosophy

    Mary Louise Gill joined the Brown Philosophy and Classics Departments in 2001 after teaching at the University of Pittsburgh. She has held visiting appointments at Dartmouth, Stanford, UCLA, UC Davis, and Harvard.

  • Johanna Hanink

    Associate Professor of Classics

    Johanna Hanink earned her PhD in Classics from the University of Cambridge (Queens' College). Her work in classics focused on classical Athens, particularly the cultural life of the city's fourth century BCE. She is also interested in the intersections between modern politics and ideas about ancient Greece (and antiquity more generally).

  • Susan Ashbrook Harvey

    Director, Program in Early Cultures; Willard Prescott and Annie McClelland Smith Professor of History and Religion

    Susan Ashbrook Harvey specializes in late antique and Byzantine Christianity, with Syriac studies as her particular focus. She has published widely on topics relating to asceticism, hagiography, women and gender, hymnography, homiletics, and piety in late antique Christianity.

  • Dupee Family Professor of Social Science

    Stephen Houston's research interests include archaeology; kingship and court systems; body concepts in antiquity; writing systems; epigraphy and decipherment; architecture and urbanism; Classic Maya; South America; Europe. He is concluding excavations at the Classic Maya city of El Zotz, Guatemala, and has finished five seasons of work at the ruins of Piedras Negras, Guatemala.

  • Nancy Khalek

    Associate Professor of Religious Studies

    Nancy Khalek is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and specializes in Late Antiquity and Islam. She received her Ph.D. in history from Princeton University in 2006.

  • Professor Emerita, Religious Studies and Judaic Studies

  • Brian Lander

    Assistant Professor of History and Environment and Society

    Brian Lander studies the environmental history of ancient China, focusing on how the natural ecosystems of the Yellow and Yangzi river valleys were gradually replaced with farmland.

  • Saul Olyan

    Samuel Ungerleider, Jr. Professor of Judaic Studies, Professor of Religious Studies

    Saul M. Olyan is Samuel Ungerleider Jr. Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of Religious Studies at Brown University.

  • Efstratios Papaioannou

    Director of the Program of Medieval Studies, Associate Professor of Classics

    A native of Trikala Greece, Stratis Papaioannou studied Greek literature at the University of Athens, Greece (B.A. 1995) and Byzantine literature and culture at the University of Vienna (D.Phil. 2000). Before joining Brown's Department of Classics in January 2006, Papaioannou taught post-classical Greek at The Catholic University of America (2000-2005).

  • Jason Protass

    Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

    Jason Protass (Ph.D., Stanford) specializes in Chinese Buddhism of the Northern and Southern Song dynasties (960-1279). His current book project, tentatively titled "The Poetry Demon," examines Buddhist monks' self-understanding of religious occupation and poetic composition in the tenth to thirteenth centuries CE.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Religious Studies

  • Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature

    Jay Reed is a scholar of Ancient Greek and Roman literature and culture, and has worked especially on Hellenistic and Augustan poetry. He received his B.A. from Yale in 1987, and his A.M. and Ph.D. from Stanford in 1991 and 1993. He previously taught Classics at the Ohio State University, Cornell, and the University of Michigan.

  • Associate Professor of Egyptology and Assyriology

    Matthew Rutz works in the field of Assyriology, the interdisciplinary study of texts written in the cuneiform ("wedge-shaped") writing system from ancient Mesopotamia, traditionally the land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers (present-day Iraq, Syria, and Turkey).

  • Kenneth Sacks

    Professor of History, Professor of Classics

    Kenneth Sacks received his Ph.D. from California, Berkeley in Ancient History. He taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1976-1995, at which time he came to Brown as Professor of History and Dean of the College. He has been full time in the history department since 1998.

  • Michael Satlow

    Professor of Judaic Studies and Religious Studies

    Professor Michael L. Satlow received his Ph.D. in "Ancient Judaism" from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1993. His most recent book is How the Bible Became Holy. He is on the board of Henoch and is a co-editor of the Brown Judaic Studies series. He has held ACLS and Guggenheim Fellowships.

  • Andrew Scherer

    Associate Professor of Anthropology, Associate Professor of Archaeology and the Ancient World

    Andrew Scherer is an anthropological archaeologist and biological anthropologist with a geographic focus in Mesoamerica (Maya). He co-directs an interdisciplinary archaeological research project that is exploring Classic Maya polities along the Usumacinta River in Mexico.

  • John Steele

    Professor of the History of the Exact Sciences in Antiquity, Egyptology and Assyriology, Chair of Egyptology and Assyriology

    John Steele is a historian of the exact sciences in antiquity. He specializes in the history of astronomy, with a particular focus on Babylonian astronomy.

  • Director, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Joukowsky Family Professor of Archaeology and Professor of Anthropology

    Peter van Dommelen is a Mediterranean archaeologist, whose research and teaching revolve around the rural Mediterranean past and present. The regional focus of his work lies in the western Mediterranean, where he carries out long-term fieldwork on the island of Sardinia.

  • Parker VanValkenburgh

    Assistant Professor of Anthropology

    Parker VanValkenburgh is an archaeologist whose research focuses on landscapes, politics and environmental change in the Early Modern World – particularly, in late prehispanic and early colonial Peru. He received his Ph.D. in 2012 from Harvard University and previously held positions at the University of Vermont (Assistant Prof. of Anthropology, 2013-15) and Washington University in St.